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Ice Cream and VP's
I seem to be coming down with a cold. I felt "wrong" all day yesterday, and today I woke up with a sore throat. Darn it all, I was just feeling relieved that I'd managed to avoid the nastiness that most of the people I know have been experiencing. Well, maybe it'll be a Cold Lite. Here's hoping!

I'm sure the big muckity-muck who came to visit here from my parent company's head office in Columbus will hope so too. We had a big company communications meeting today, and the head vice president who is in charge of my whole company plus a handful of other ones as well came and spoke. Afterward, they had an ice cream sundae bar, to reward us for our hard work last year. (Nice of them, and it was yummy, but the cynical part of me knows that it's way cheaper than bonuses.)

I got my treat and was leaving the room to find a "receiving line" of the higher-ups standing at the door. It was cool of them to want to be friendly and greet their employees and everything, but I had just been licking a wayward drop of whipped cream off my fingertip. I felt like a walking germ factory -- I always try to be extra careful about where I breathe and what I touch when I'm not feeling right. I don't like to spread things if I can avoid it. I thanked them for the ice cream with a friendly smile, and tried to make my escape quickly. "How are things going?", RW the head VP asked me.

"Pretty good! Better now," I joked, gesturing to my sundae. He held out his hand, and of course I had to shake it, cold germs and all. Then he asked after my (high profile) project by name -- oh no, he recognized me! (Well, it doesn't help that our claims director mentioned me by name during his part of the update.) If he catches my cold he'll be cursing me and my project for sure.

I told him that the project was very busy right now, but we were putting our first release into QA this very afternoon. So the end is in sight! He said something encouraging. The receiving line was backing up and this point, so I headed out the door with a wave.

I just hope he washed his hands, 'cause I hate sharing my germs. He certainly ought to, given the number of different people's hands he just shook!
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 15th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wash your hands too!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 15th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent point -- and already done!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: February 15th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rennie, Rennie, Rennie... you need to practice your corporate kung-fu at times like this. When risking infecting a high muckity-muck, casually mention that so-and-so was able to come through with something for ya despite not feeling well, mention something about "that flu going around" and then change the topic so they can't ask more detailed questions. That way the so-and-so person gets blamed, and you come off as showing how helpful you are.

You will learn with time, young Grasshopper-ette.


the cynical part of me knows that it's way cheaper than bonuses
I was reminded of the scene from Blazing Saddles where the governor hands out the toys "in lieu of pay".
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: February 15th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

*mild concern*

Forgive me if this is a little off, but ... you seem to get sick far more than the average person. Do you think you're just more sensitive to weather conditions and such, or are just you not taking care of yourself?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 16th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *mild concern*

Hmm, interesting question. Thanks for being concerned. (: I always thought I'm fairly average, but come to think of it I don't know what average is. I was congratulating myself on staying healthy so long (especially 'cause everyone in my office has been sick), but looking back in my archives I guess I was sick in November -- which really isn't all THAT long ago.

I *try* to take care of myself, well, more or less, y'know. (: Sometimes I succeed more than other times.

So last night I pulled up my LJArchive and ran some searches on the words "sick" and "cold", to try to determine how many colds I've had in the past year. Here's the list. I also noted whether I'd been traveling, because I *have* noticed that I often get sick when I travel.

Now (no recent travel)
November (started in Colorado)
August (started coming home from Chicago)
March (started in San Diego)
February (started a few days after Traverse City weekend)

So is around 1 cold a quarter average? Or am I (like usual) above-average? (:

There is some travel correlation.... of course I went on several trips last year which *didn't* involve colds, so I don't know if it's statistically relevant or not.
nishar From: nishar Date: February 15th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are a kinder person than I. Had they been giving out ice cream instead of a bonus, I would be hoping the VP got my sickness. lol
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